By LeeWEpstein

November 21, 2019

Thailand is accelerating legislative changes related to the emerging medical cannabis industry.

As announced in September, the future changes will allow the cultivation of 6 cannabis plants per household. In Order to increase the supply of medical products, Anutin Charnvirakul said in a speech last Wednesday in Bangkok. This decision will also allow Thais to increase their income by selling their products to the state. The criteria for eligibility are not yet known. However, Anutin has proposed a price of 2025$ per mature medical-grade cannabis plant (3 months’ average monthly salary in Thailand).

“We are in the process of amending the laws to freely allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes” . “We are convinced that cannabis will be among the main agricultural products of Thai households. So,we are accelerating legislative changes. But there is a process to follow. ┬╗ He said.

Progressive legalization

Last year, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize the medical use of cannabis. Far from going backward, it has instead done everything possible to develop its national and international industry as well as to guarantee wide access to cannabis for patients. The country has even already developed its cannabis varieties in order not to depend on possible imports.

The possession of cannabis for social use is always punished, with long prison sentences and heavy fines, preventing households from growing the plant so far.

Anutin Charnvirakul said that legalizing cannabis for adults is the next step . But that this should not happen in the 4 year. term of the current government, which took office in July.

“We need more research and studies before we can legalize the recreational use of cannabis,” he said.

Moreover,Anutin Charnvirakul campaigned for the legalization of household culture in Thailand’s March general elections. His Bhum Jai Thai party is now part of the ruling coalition.

Furthermore,next year, Thailand will host the first World Ganja Festival. Therefore, the event will include educational seminars, information on technological innovations and business opportunities. Besides,it will highlight the country’s industry on the international scene. Also,the festival is scheduled from 29 January to 2 February near the Nong Yat reservoir in Nakhon Phanom province.

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